If you aren't familiar with Beads of Courage, this article by Pat Elliott will tell you a bit more about how bead artists are helping put a smile on pediatric cancer patients faces with the gift of handmade beads. You can also visit the official Beads of Courage web site and learn how you can contribute your beads to the cause.
It's amazing what a bead can do.
And a little more soup -- some of our partiers got hit with a nasty virus and are just now posting their awesome creations, so as I get notified, I'll post their link. Here's one for you now, the lovely and talented Flora -- click here to see what she made!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.